JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Resource Mobilization Officer is responsible for building an increasingly, diversified network of supporters, including institutional, banking, corporate, academia, policy-makers, donors/partners as well as other philanthropic institutions/individuals who believe in the work of Caritas Nyeri and provide funds, technical support and other forms of collaboration to meet the current and future needs of Caritas Nyeri and the entire A.D.N.

The post holder will also be responsible for establishing and promoting the brand of Caritas Nyeri in Kenya and abroad, raising awareness about the organization’s work at various forums and ensuring transparent information sharing with the public.  He/she will be a strategic thinker with strong understanding of various media sources and the development sector.

Key Responsibilities:

A. Fundraising:

  • Developing, implementing and monitoring fundraising strategies, that includes yearly targets to meet the costs of the current and future programmes;
  • Approaching and raising funds from companies, trusts, partners/donors, Banks and foundations within Kenya and abroad;
  • Conducting research on potential donors/partners such as trusts, foundations, companies and high net worth individuals, etc.,  finding a match with partners whose philanthropic or funding criteria match the organization’s, or its partners vision and activities;
  • Developing, managing and updating Friends of Caritas databases to record  their contacts and preference information; Maintaining a network of corporate contacts and effectively managing and maximizing these relationships;
  • Facilitating co-financing opportunities for partner organizations;
  • Developing annual work plans based on the approved strategy and if needed, preparing income and expenditure budgets for each fundraising initiatives;
  • Raising awareness of Caritas Nyeri and its work at the County and National levels;
  • Developing and coordinating web-based fundraising, if needed;
  • Being well versed with the Caritas Nyeri policies in general and having access to various corporate forums; Being current and up to date with legal issues affecting corporate fundraising;
  • Assisting in the preparation of project proposals for corporate and other funding agencies;
  • Organizing events for partnership building between implementers and potential partners;
  • Ensuring all partners receive appropriate and timely reports and updates;
  • Sensitizing and training team members on fund raising and communications skills and strategy.

 

B. Communications and Outreach:

  • Planning and designing internal and external strategies for communications and outreach; Facilitating the development/ production of communication, information and knowledge sharing materials/ instruments;
  • Producing communication materials in support of fundraising such as brochures, appeals, newsletters and annual reports;
  • Working closely with various Caritas Nyeri Programme Coordinators to identify priority themes and develop advocacy messages, press briefings, news features, case studies and other communication materials for dissemination through various media;
  • Developing all media, publicity, marketing and fundraising messages and the communication material around them;
  • Helping with integrating advocacy, communication and outreach strategy into project proposals based on the developed communication strategy
  • Helping organize roundtable discussions, press conferences, and briefing sessions, as needed;
  • Searching and identifying reference materials for the information database and audio visual library.

C. Partner Communication:

  • Ensuring timely, appropriate and quality communication to all partners and Friends of Caritas;
  • Monitoring and evaluating partners’ communications on a regular basis;
  • Briefing the Director on partner specific communication;
  • Developing strategies for communicating with different kinds of partners;
  • Growing one-time partners into repeat partners and into long-term supporters by constantly finding ways to increase their engagement with the organization’s work.

D. Publications:

  • Anchoring elaboration of strategies and plans for publications;
  • Contributing to the identification of storylines and cases for publications and articles; Also contributing to debates on development issues relevant to Caritas Nyeri;
  • Mandating and overseeing documentation and case study development;
  • Coordinating the translation/ adaptation/ rewriting of information received; Printing and dissemination of publications and audio-visual materials;
  • Promoting and disseminating Caritas Nyeri advocacy materials for launching key initiatives and publications;
  • Responding timely and effectively to inquiries for public information materials;

E. Websites, Databases and Knowledge Management Systems:

  • Ensuring maintenance of the office website;
  • Contributing to and overseeing the design of Caritas Nyeri website;
  • Preparing/ checking the content of the website, ensuring consistency of the materials;
  • Ensuring the development and maintenance of office databases and knowledge systems;
  • Assisting in the identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned, directly linked to Caritas Nyeri goals and activities;
  • Providing sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, including corporate communication repositories, as requested.

F. Senior Management Responsibilities:

  • Serving as a member of the senior management team of the organization;
  • Participating in discussions of policy and sharing fully in the work of the organization, as a member of the management team;
  • Tracking and keeping well-informed about programme activities, information and statistics of the organization.

Desired Skills and Experience

Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Business Development, Development Studies, Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Public Administration and Business Administration OR
  • Post Graduate Degree in any field from a reputable institution, with substantial experience in fund raising, public relations, as well as in managing communications for a large organization.

Experience:

  • Minimum eight years of demonstrated experience in developing fundraising strategy and institutional fundraising;
  • Prior experience/ understanding of the development sector, is essential;
  • Applicants with prior experience of working with Civil Society, private sector, NGOs and philanthropic organizations shall be at advantage;
  • In-depth exposure to the use of various media platforms such as print, electronic/ online, and social media, for communication and brand building is desirable;
  • Experience in grants management, monitoring, assessments and reviews, is desirable;

Skills and Competencies:

  • Good understanding of production, graphic design and photography standards;
  • Strong skills and orientation to communication, networking, public relations and advocacy;
  • Proven ability in developing and maintaining close relationships with multi-level stakeholders and partners.
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills;
  • Good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Strong team player, with the ability to work in a collaborative and consultative manner;
  • Core competencies:  communication, working with people and drive for results.
  • Functional competencies: negotiator with experience in the areas of management and resource mobilization and strong skills in leading and supervising, relating and networking, persuading and influencing, creativity and innovativeness and entrepreneurial thinking.
    • Excellent leadership, management and team building skills.
    • Ability to work under pressure and to manage multiple priorities.
    • Proven skills in information, communication, networking, advocacy and ability to relate with mass media.
    • Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with private sector, corporate institutions and partners.
    • Current knowledge of development issues, strategies as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation.
    • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas as well as to impart knowledge and teaching skills.
    • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
    • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.

Interested applicants should apply directly to:

The Director,

Caritas Nyeri

P O Box 288-10100

NYERI.

 

OR

Email:  mail@caritas-nyeri.org

Applications can be also be hand delivered to Caritas Nyeri Offices located at Nyeri – Ihururu Road next to the Italian Memorial.  Canvassing is highly discouraged.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications should reach the office on or before 12.00 p.m. of 13th February 2015.

Caritas Nyeri is an equal opportunity employer.

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